Economics is simply incapable of explaining why white bigotry has continued for over four-hundred years. I began to feel there was something more behind American racism than concrete or material reality. But not until I was studying for a Ph.D. in American religious history did I come across some interesting but unaccountably ignored documents that provide profound and largely neglected answers to why American racism is so persistent.
Researching these sources—at least the particular aspect of them that deals with latent ideas about race—I have found that American racism, whatever else it may also be, is something deeply etched in the American mind. I have been persuaded by this evidence that American racism is what can most aptly be termed a religion. Indeed, the sources demonstrate that it was Christian religionists who first planted the seeds of black people’s degradation and inferiority in the soul of America.
Dr. Paul R. Griffin, author of Seeds of Racism in the Soul of America (p.3), Program Director of African and African-American Studies and professor of Religion at Wright State University.
Dr. Griffin maintains that Racism and its associated ideas are a “religious confession” and Racism itself is deeply rooted in theology rather than any of the oft-cited factors related to economic necessity. Griffin’s primary thesis seems to overlap with Neely Fuller Jr.’s assertion that Racism (White Supremacy) is the strongest religion on the planet.